Edden Ram is an international filmmaker focusing on adventure and extreme sports. Edden is a visual storyteller traveling the world and has shot for clients like GoPro, Lufthansa, Billabong, Columbia, and others.
His latest short, “Fluid Motion”, tells a story about passion and expression via movement.
We sat down with Edden to better understand his motivation:
Fluid Motion was born out of passion. As with many of my projects, I love shooting stories of people who aren’t afraid to be different and live their passions to the fullest.
We were able to recruit an incredible team of talents for this shoot. I based talent selection on movement. What looks best at super slow speeds, and splashes water in all directions? After some research, I brought in an array of talents. From Capoeira masters, tricking specialists, a movement practitioner, dancer, a fire artist, and a skateboarder. The hard work paid off; the visuals look insanely beautiful in slow motion, and the backlit water created quite a spectacle as it flew off of the talents.
We also talked with Edden about his gear selection:
I wanted to shoot at least @240 FPS so the water and rain would slow down. Part of the concept was to put interesting lighting in the shot. This is an interesting way of providing the backlight, which is needed to make the rain sparkle. The team tried to match a shape that connects with each artist.
I’ve been using Spiffy Gear’s Spekular lights for some time, and the fact that they are modular allowed us the creative freedom to make whatever shapes we wanted behind the talents, giving it the awesome final look. And most importantly, Spekular lights don’t flicker at high frame rates, which was a must for this shoot.
Lastly, we were curious about the rain machine:
The rain machine turned out to be quite a project. We built a bridge out of two light stands and a ply of wood. We then attached a PVC pipe across it with multiple sprinkles to spray the water over the talents. During the test shoot, we realized the rain looked very flat, so we ended up building a second sprinkler bridge to place between the talent and the camera, which created much more depth to the shot.
We needed a significant amount of water for the shoot, so we got permission to use the local fire hydrant as a water source.